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Cross-Cultural Information Access (SIG-III)
Sunday, 30/Oct/2022:
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: King's Garden 1, Ballroom Level, Wyndham

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90 minutes
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Topics: Knowledge Organization (information knowledge organization; knowledge representation; metadata; classification; thesaurus and ontology construction; indexing and abstracting; indexing languages; terminology & standards; information architecture & design)
Keywords: Cross-cultural, Information access, Cross-lingual, Knowledge organization, Post-colonial archives, International research data, Information Retrieval, Information Needs

Cross-Cultural Information Access (SIG-III)

Inkyung Choi1, Wan-Chen Lee2, Ying-Hsang Liu3, Hsinliang Chen4, Douglas Oard5, Chi Young Oh6

1University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; 2University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA; 3Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway; 4Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, USA; 5University of Maryland, USA; 6Chicago State University, USA

Despite the advanced information technology’s impact on the extent and availability of digital information, information access is not equally attainable to everyone. The lack of cultural and linguistic diversity in information systems and infrastructure has raised concerns over limited access to digital information, which also harms the information environment. For example, a flood of misinformation and disinformation during the pandemic rendered misrepresentation of cultures and fed the fear of people from different cultures. The “deep learning” revolution has enabled advances in cross-language search technology and in automated translation of content from one language to another, but the lowering of linguistic barriers to information access, in turn, serves to highlight the need for a comparable degree of focus on cultural differences. The proposed panel will discuss cultural and linguistic diversity as manifested in various information systems and infrastructures and review past and current information systems and practices either lacking or supporting cultural and linguistic diversity.

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